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SIR, I LIKE all and every part of your book ;'especially the Extracts from Newspapers. This was just what was wanted : useful information for Cottagers from the Newspapers, without any of their vile trash and politics. The remarks, too, give exactly the right turn to the events. You, perhaps, Sir, may bave seen the review of your work in the “ Inquirer," where, amongst other praise, they speak of your Extracts from the Newspapers, and your“ very judicious annotations" upon them.
I am, Sir, &c,
A. SIR, PRAY have the goodness to tell me why you admit such long articles in your book. If you introduce an article of nine or ten pages, you are obliged to neglect nine or ten other correspondents. The beauty of your work is, the great variety of subjects which it treats of-there is food for every body Pray, Sir, keep to that, and do not let any of your chapters be too long.
BOB SHORT. SIR, I am really much gratified with your work, and I circulate it very extensively. But if I might speak my opinion, I think your articles are all too short.
I am, Sir, yours, &c.
C. LONG. SIR, If there is one thing more than another which I admire in your book, it is the exact character of a Misoellany which it keeps up. When you get upon an important subject, you have a great temptation to go on, and discuss it throughout. But this would be going from the intention of your work, which is I am,
to give hints, and supply materials to think and work upon 1 h re are other books for deep and lengthened discussions, but this would neither suit the nature nor the size of your work,
N. SIR, When your first Number came ont, I was very much pleased with it; there was something so plain, and is familiar”, though at the same time,“ not vulgar," that it seemed to me just the sort of work, and the sort of style, that I had long been looking for in vain. I was sorry to see that in the 2nd and 3d Numbers, the style was raised; pray Sir, return to your first style, or your book will fail of its object; utility,
I am, &c.
Your first Number was by far too familiar, especially the introductory cliapter. Your 2nd and 3rd Numbers were much better, go on so, and you
I am, &c.
We are ready to set up the Fourth Edition of the First Number of the “Cottager." This first pumber is a very great favourite, especially the beantiful.introductory chapter,
Your Humble Servant,
I see by your notices to Correspondents, that A. B. and-X. Z have both discovered a difference in your style, since the first Number, and that one approves, and the other disapproves of the change. Por-my
own part, I see no material alteration, but I am glad to see that you are so well watchied by both' ends of the alphabet: and this will tend to keep you in your own proper course. Follow your own plans.
PRAY, 'Sir, how could you think of introducing those letters of T. Steady? What have your readers to, do with Mythology and Roman History?
We have all our favourite parts of your book, my parish clerk seems to be captivated, most of all, by , your Letters between Steady and his son.
I am, &c,
L SIR, Our schoolmistress is most particularly pleased with the Letters between T. Steady the Apprentice Boy, and his father. She says, it is just the sort of thing she has been so long looking for, and that these letters open a view of history to her, and throw a wonderful light on many things in the Bible, which had quite puzzled her before.
I am, &c.
7 Of all parts of your work, the Letters of Steady are decidedly the best. You have, indeed, some beautiful stories, and calculated to do good. But in these days,. when every body learns to read, and will consequently desire to acquire information, there ought to be something in every Number which may be a real addition to their knowledge. Long histories they cannot buy, and perhaps would not read--they want just the
short sort of sketches which these Letters afford. There is a great deal of information squeezed into a very small compass, and loyal and Christian prin. ciples mixed up with the whole, Good advice intro. duced incidentally in this way, has ten times the effect that it has when given in a direct positive way. I wish, Sir, you would have these Letters printed separately *, that they may get into the hands of such apprentices and other people as may not have met with them in your Visitor.
I am, &c.
L. SIR, Your little book is good, and useful, and entertaining; but I must say, I think there are rather too many religious articles in it. I only give this, Sir, as my own opinion; I may be wrong, but I hope you will excuse the hint. From your constant reader,
0. SIR, You have some excellent religious articles in your book, and I am only sorry that there are not more of them. Your book comes from a great divinity publisher-why should it not be of a character wholly religious ?
E. Sir, Your book, upon the whole, is expressed in a way easy to be understood :—but there are some expressions used, which appear to me to be a little above your Cottage readers ;-and some subjects touched upon, which are not likely to be very interesting to them.
I am, &c.
I. • This advice has been acted upon.
MR. VISITOR, We are, all of us, anxious for the first day of the month, that we may get your book. You seem to know, Sir, all the ways of our villages, and we can, not make out bow you come to know these things, There is not one word in your book that we do not understand ;-it is all so plain ;-and, to be sure, that is one great reason why we all like it; but, if I may be so bold as to speak my opinion, Sir, I think we could go along with you, if you were to go a step higher, We, some of as, understand a little more than some people would think for.
A VILLAGER. SIR, I LIKE your book ;-but
very careful not to get into any subject that a'" Cottager” cannot clearly understand. I do not see any thing yet to find fault with in this way ;-but pray be careful.
be careful. You write for “ Cottagers. "
R. SIR, Your book is excellent for “Cottagers,” but some articles in it, may serve for rich as well as poor; and certainly it is read by many people much above the rank of Cottagers. I hope you will keep it up to that. I am sorry that you did not call it the Monthly Visitor, leaving out the word.“ Cottager," as people are apt to think it is fit only for “ Cottagers," and many people will not read it on that account; thinking it below then.
W. SIR, When a new book is started, there is often a great deal of difficulty, in finding a name for it. I think